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Vicar's News - 13 September 2020

Click here to watch our Sunday video Eucharist service (anytime)

Click here to join our : Mattins : Zoom service on Sunday at 10am

Click here to join our bi-lingual Zoom service on Sunday at 11am

Creation Sunday 2020


To simplify entry to our Zoom meetings, the following links will apply:


For all Ian’s activities – Wednesday chat, Thursday bible study & Sunday @ 10am:

https://stab.pub/3bGMD2h

For all Michelle’s activities – Wednesday morning prayer, Friday bible study & Sunday @ 11:

https://stab.pub/3ipDYUe

‘stab’ = St Andrew’s Brighton

‘pub’ = publication, or a place where wine (communion) is served

Creation Sunday

This year, the global reach of the novel coronavirus revealed our shared human nature and the inter-connectivity of our economies, political structures, health care systems, food production chains, energy and transportation systems in devastating ways.

The pandemic has also demonstrated that the entire web of modern life is rooted in the Earth and limited by the Earth’s capacity to sustain our economic and ecological demands. The unjust effects of climate change are a consequence of our inability to find a sustainable balance of this web.

The scriptures begin with God’s affirmation that all of creation is “very good.” (Genesis 1:31) As co-creatures and caretakers of God’s creation, human beings are called to protect and nurture its goodness. (Genesis 2:15, Jeremiah 29:5-7) Our vocation to protect and nurture life relates to the sustainability of ecological, economic, social and political systems. A just balance between these aspects of life must be maintained for the health of the Earth and all creatures.

According to this wisdom the Law of Moses included provisions for the Sabbath. On the seventh day of each week, God’s people were free from the need to produce or consume. The rest was extended to animals, and the land itself, honouring the Creator by allowing creation to rest.

Following the seventh, seventh (49th) year, God’s people were to dedicate a year to this ecological, social and economic restorative justice. A Jubilee for the Earth.

As we live into a post-COVID-19 world, can we imagine new just and sustainable ways of living that give the Earth the rest it requires, that satisfy everyone with enough that restore habitats and renew biological diversity?

Today’s video service draws on resources in the ecumenical spirit of our common vocation to protect the Earth and sustain the conditions for life to thrive. It also has some great videos, so be sure to watch it.

We encourage the entire Christian family to join us in this special time to pray, reflect, and take bold action to realize a Jubilee for the Earth. In the hope born of grace, we pray that the Lord who is our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer will touch our hearts and that of the human family this Season of Creation.

New creations

· Amira Heath - a granddaughter for Adrienne Sylva from Sat@6

· Josephine Jane – a granddaughter for Angela Alomes, our Parish Administrator

Re-opening the church

Last week’s announcements about the slow removal of COVID-19 restrictions means that our first service back in the church is now likely to be Wednesday 25 November at the earliest. It appears that we would then be permitted to have 50 people present (rather than an earlier step where we could have 20 in attendance). We would still have to use the nave church for all services to accommodate social distancing, and also we will have to return to pre-registration to attend so that we can have the attendance sheets prepared as far as possible before each service, especially at Christmas.

Plans are being formulated as to how Christmas services might look given the restrictions that are likely to remain in place. Social distancing will severely limit the number of people in attendance at each service, as will the requisite inter-service cleaning stifle the number of services possible in this holiday period.

StAndrews@home this week:


Sunday

10am - : Mattins : (in English) [join here]

11am – Bi-lingual service [join here]

Anytime – Video Eucharist [watch]


Wednesday

10am – Morning Prayer (in Chinese) [join here]

10.30am – Chat with the Vicar and friends [join here]


Thursday

10am – Bible study (in English) ‘The signs in St John’s Gospel’ [join here]


Friday

7.30pm – Chinese bible study [join here]


Trusting that you enjoy some sunnier weather this week.




主任牧师寄语 13/09/2020


点击这里观看我们的周日视频圣餐崇拜(任何时候)

点击这里进入我们周日上午10点视频晨祷

点击这里加入我们的双语Zoom在线崇拜 每周日上午11点

创造主日


进入Zoom会议,可用通过以下链接:


所有Ian牧师的活动-周三聊天,周四圣经学习和周日上午10点的晨祷:

https://stab.pub/3bGMD2h

Michelle的活动——星期三晨祷,星期五查经班和星期日@ 11:的双语崇拜

https://stab.pub/3ipDYUe

(stab = St Andrew ' s Brighton)' pub ' =出版物,或提供葡萄酒(圣餐)的地方)

创造主日

今年,新型冠状病毒在全球的传播,以毁灭性的方式揭示了我们共有的人性以及我们的经济、政治结构、卫生保健系统、粮食生产链、能源和运输系统之间的相互联系。

这一流行疫情还表明,整个现代生活网络植根于地球,并受到地球维持我们经济和生态需求的能力的限制。因为我们没有在可持续发展这一主题上找到平衡,引起了气候变化的不公平影响。

圣经的开头,上帝肯定所有的创造都是“非常好的”。(创世纪1:31)作为共同被造的生物和上帝创造物的看护者,人类被赋予了保护和滋养地球的使命。(创世纪2:15,耶利米书29:5-7)我们保护和养育生命的使命与生态、经济、社会和政治系统的可持续性息息相关。为了地球和所有生物的健康,人类必须在生命的这些方面保持公正的平衡。

根据这种智慧,摩西的律法包括了安息日的规定。在每周的第七天,神的子民不需要生产或消费。其余扩展到动物和大地本身,通过允许被造物休息来尊重造物主。

在第七个七年之后,第49年,神的子民要奉献一年来进行生态、社会和经济上的恢复调整。这是地的禧年。

当我们生活在一个后covid -19时代的世界,我们能否想象新的公正和可持续的生活方式,让地球得到它所需要的剩余资源,让每个人都得到足够的满足,从而恢复栖息地和恢复生物多样性?

今天的录像崇拜鼓励我们以我们共同使命的普世精神来利用资源,保护地球,维持生命繁荣。它也有一些很棒的视频,所以一定要看。

我们鼓励所有基督徒家庭在这个特别的时刻与我们一起祷告,反思,并采取勇敢的行动来实现地球的禧年。带着从恩典而生的盼望,我们祷告主,他是我们的创造者、支撑者和救赎者,在这创世的季节里感动我们和人类大家庭的心。

新的创造

Amira Heath——Adrienne Sylva的孙女,出生于Sat@6

Josephine Jane -我们教会行政人员Angela Alomes的孙女


教堂的重新开放

上周有关缓慢取消COVID-19限制的公告意味着,我们最早可能在11月25日(周三)回到教堂的第一次礼拜。这样看来,我们将被允许有50人出席(而不是之前的20人出席)。为了保持社交距离,我们仍然必须在中殿教堂举行所有的礼拜活动,而且我们还必须开始预先登记,以便在每次礼拜前,特别是在圣诞节前,尽可能地准备好出席表。

考虑到可能仍将存在的限制,我们正在为圣诞节期间的崇拜制定计划。严格的社交距离,以及聚会之间的深度清洁将严重限制参加每一次崇拜的人数。


本周StAndrews@home:

周日

10am: 晨祷 (英文)[点击进入]

上午11时-双语崇拜[点击进入]

随时-线上圣餐[观看]

周三

上午10点-晨祷(中文)[ 点击进入]

上午10:30 -与牧师和朋友聊天[点击进入]

周四

上午10点-圣经学习(英文)“圣约翰福音的标志”( 点击进入)

星期五

晚上7:30 -中文圣经研习[点击进入]


希望大家能够享受美好的春天。


 
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